Boro’ suffer another another dismal afternoon.
Boro’ lined up with a few new faces on show. Callum Webb, Ed Sanders and Ryan Scott (returned from short spell at Gosport Borough) in defence and Tommy Wright on the wing.
It was good to see the return of Tom Broadbent and Bradley Fraser was on the bench having finally received international clearance.
The home kicked off but it was Boro’ who were first to offer any real threat when McDonald was forced to concede a corner when he tipped over a shot from Lewis Collins.
When play switched to the other end, Callum Webb did well to tackle Devyne at the expense of a corner on the left. The kick was met by Ottaway whose back header took out two defenders and Vilcu headed home on 4 minutes. Enfield Town 1-0 Farnborough.
Boro’ pressed quickly from the restart and following a Collins free kick forced two corners in quick succession without being able to take advantage.
Referee, Matt Corlett had a few words with Callum Webb after the youngster had pulled back Nathan Livings.
CJ Fearn made a timely block when Campbell got to the by line on the left and the resultant corner was cleared.
With 15 minutes on the clock another Boro’ attack saw home keeper, Nathan McDonald fumble the ball but he managed to get it out for a corner.
A couple of minutes later a good move from deep saw several players involved before Harry Williams finished things off with a well taken equaliser on 17 minutes. Enfield Town 1-1 Farnborough.
The next ten minutes or so were fairly evenly matched, though Tayshan Hayden-Smith was showing signs of causing a few problems with his speed and seemingly boundless energy.
When Boro’ lost possession in their own half, Enfield were quick to take advantage and Bobby Devyne was given too much time and space as he ran into the area before hitting a shot which seemed to dip sharply before beating
Brotons and restoring the home side’s lead on 26 minutes. Enfield Town 2-1 Farnborough.
The remainder of the half saw play switching from end to end with neither side really threatening until a Tommy Wright effort took a deflection before bouncing off the top off the bar to safety.
HALF TIME: Enfield Town 2-1 Farnborough
A fairly evenly matched first half which saw Boro’ playing some decent football at times without being able to capitalise.
The first goal came early from a set piece and having got a good equaliser Boro’ then allowed the home side too much space and again went behind.
Boro’ got the second period away at 4:02pm and were soon on the offensive. A high ball into the box was taken at the second attempt by McDonald under pressure from Broadbent. Both players received knocks but recovered.
Ten minutes in Ryan Scott clashed with Bobby Devyne in front of the dug-outs and the Referee blew for a foul against Scott. Devyne’s retaliation earned him a straight red card and Scott received a yellow for the initial challenge.
Just as we had seen Boro’ spurred on last week after going a man down, so Enfield reacted in similar fashion and scored a third goal within two minutes of the sending off.
Sylvestre Brotons went down to gather a low ball from the right and seemed to be fouled causing him to release the ball and present Ottaway with a simple tap in to make the score on 57 minutes. Enfield Town 3-1 Farnborough.
Victor, obviously incensed, foolishly ran 25 yards to the Referee, but all his protest got him was a yellow card.
Ironically, Ottaway saw yellow a couple of minutes later for impeding the keeper’s clearance.
The 60th minute saw changes for both sides with Enfield replacing Campbell with Doyle and a double change for Boro’ bringing on Fraser and Ben-Elmhanni for Wright and Webb.
Ben-Elmhanni was soon in the thick of things and his free kick was deflected for a corner on the left.
At the other end Sylvestre Brotons saved an Ottaway header only for the centre forward to go to ground. Strangely when nothing happened he made a full and rapid recovery.
With play becoming somewhat scrappy both sides made further changes. Boro’s final change saw L’Heureux Menga on for Lewis Collins.
Enfield replaced Ottaway with Kouassi and shortly afterwards, Stevens replaced skipper Muguo.
Kouassi was using his speed and fresh legs to good advantage and within a few minutes of his arrival had a real chance to wrap things up when he was through one on one with Victor. The Boro’ keeper saved well to deny him.
With the game entering the five added minutes, Victor’s day got worse when he was adjudged to have handled outside the area when clearing.
A second yellow saw him leave the fray and CJ Fearn don the keeper’s jersey.
The free kick was cleared, but Enfield were soon back on attack and deep into added time Kouassi burst through again and was not to be denied again as he rounded CJ and rolled in goal number four. Enfield Town 4-1 Farnborough.
FULL TIME: Enfield Town 4-1 Farnborough
Another disappointing result, but the scoreline was not an entirely true reflection of the play.
With four new faces coming in all at once it would be difficult to expect immediate success, yet they needed playing time with suspensions and injuries to contend with. Rome was not built in a day – but we do need cover ‘between the sticks’.
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